El Crimen Del Padre Amaro details
|Starring:||Pedro Armendariz Jr., Angelica Aragon, Gael Garcia Bernal, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancon|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
El Crimen Del Padre Amaro
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Oct 2003|
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Pass the guacamole, Pablo, I'm boredBy nicola6 from Cambridgeshire , 07 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I wanted to like this film, I really did. Id like to see myself as being the sort of person who enjoys sophisticated Mexican movies on a Saturday evening, and then discusses them afterwards, using sophisticated phrases like subtly complex characterization, and celebrating outstanding cinematography. Id like to be known for my sensitive taste in Spanish language poetry and my innate sympathy for the rich tapestry of life in Catholic Central America.
And I was doing quite well too. As the movie opened with a dramatic juxtaposition of the criminality and beauty of small-town Mexican life, I settled down, opened my first packet of Mexican Salsa Doritos and idly thought about having another stab at reading Mario Vargas Llosa over the weekend. But theres something slightly numbing about a long film in which surprisingly little actually happens. And when you spend the last half hour hoping that everyone will vacate the screen sharpish and give the credits a chance to get rolling, you realise that your aspirational Hispanophilia may have to wait for a while longer.
Dont get me wrong, theres some subtly complex characterization here, especially of the principal character, and its beautifully shot. But it all just seems a bit boring. Sigh. Back to reality then.
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Enjoyable Mexican MelodramaBy booler (2 reviews) from Brighton , 21 Feb 2009Whilst I have some sympathy with all the previous reviews for this film which have compared its story and script unfavourably with that of a third-rate soap opera, I can't help but feel they're all somewhat missing the point.
Yes, this film possibly is a little excessively melodramatic, but to a Mexican audience, who are predominantly Catholic, and many of whom are likely to take the dubious teachings of the Catholic church at face value, this film would have been both shocking and unorthodox.
Whilst it's hardly a revelation (if you'll pardon the pun) to most European viewers that the Catholic church is both hypocritical and morally bankrupt, this message has yet to be heard in much of Central and South America, as the plot of the film itself graphically depicts: facts frequently discarded in favour of dogma, inequality and oppression prevailing over ethics and reason. The scandal the film caused on its release in Mexico says it all really.
With this in mind, it seems a little churlish to then complain that the film's plot is too unexciting for our tastes: to many people, this film was (is?) nigh-on heretical, and the ensuing discussions and debates can only be a good thing, and hopefully made a few people question the wisdom of unquestioning blind faith.
However, in my case at least, I found it to be perfectly watchable, but not exactly the most memorable of experiences; preaching to the converted, you might say.
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Dubbed!By a customer from Oxfordshire , 17 Jan 2009We gave up on this after 20 mins as it was dubbed - it started with subtitles for the opening credits and then bad dubbbing
dubbing - no thanksBy a customer from newton Abbot , 16 Jan 2009I had to give this a rating and the low rating really only refers to the dubbing which ruined it for me. I'm sure the film would have been excellent
I've waited for ages to see this film as I love the actor and the director - bit it was dubbed-terribly. The voices chosen were really inapporopriate to the characters and I was just unable to watch it. I would love to get a copy with subtitles. Is it available?
Pretty goodBy a customer from London , 09 Jan 2009Definitely watch this film in Spanish with English subtitles as the dubbing is terrible. Gael is great to watch as always and shows how dark human nature can be, even if they are of a religious background - in fact, often the most hypocritical of all due to the pure and moral lifestyle expected of them, which can make temptation all the more enticing.
A good portrayal of the powers of lust and how easily it can be confused as 'love' - especially in the eyes of the female and their often unreciprocated expectations once physical relations have taken place.
Beautiful film, annoying subtitlesBy a customer from Brighton , 19 Dec 2008In response to Phillip and Martin, yes there were subtitles for this film, you need to choose them under the Subtitles option on the DVD. However, the subtitles didn't seem to pick up every line! So I ended up having to stop the film and go back and watch it with the overdubbing, so they weren't really much use after all.
However, annoying dubbing aside it was a beautifully shot, slow burning drama which I enjoyed. The actors were all brilliant, and the storyline, although not new, was very well handled.